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Sun Oct 26 09:44:45 SAST 2014

New miracle recognition takes Pope John II on brink of sainthood

Sapa-dpa | 18 June, 2013 20:12
File photograph of Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet kissing Pope John Paul II's hand in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican
Pope John Paul II's hand is kissed by Newly elevated Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet as he receives his cardinal ring during a special mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this October 22, 2003
Image by: POOL / REUTERS

A Vatican committee of experts has attributed a second miracle to the late Pope John Paul II, taking him just a couple of steps away from sainthood, the ANSA news agency reported on Tuesday.

The Polish-born Karol Wojtyla is already said to have performed a miracle - the curing of a nun from Parkinson's disease - which has allowed the Catholic Church to beatify him. To become a saint, he needs to be linked to a second miracle.

Theologians have found that a miraculous event, which a panel of doctors had previously declared unexplainable through modern science, took place on May 1, 2011 - the day the late pope was beatified, ANSA said.

That findings will now need to be confirmed by a committee of cardinals and bishops and by a decree issued by Pope Francis before John Paul II can be made into a saint. The Vatican has not yet revealed details of the second case.

Italian media have been writing for months that the most likely date for his canonization is October 20. Wojtyla's former private secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, told ANSA there there were "serious hopes" that the event will take place on that date.

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